Marin Community Calendar: July 4-31
We compile, keep track and generally fret over community events in and around Marin so you don’t have to. It’s an eclectic list reflective of the Marin spirit. To get your item listed, email Marinscope’s “Calendar Queen” Karen Carlson at KCarlson@marinscope.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
‘All for One & Fun for All’ theme at the Marin County Fair LAST DAY July 4. LeAnn Rimes, 7:30 p.m. at the Island Tent. Int’l Short Film And Videos shown 4-7 p.m. at the Showcase Theater. Free with Fair admission. $50 reserved concert seats. For tickets and information call (415) 473-6800.
Don’t miss the the Youth Poster Contest 2018 winners at the Marin Fair. The posters express the youth’s optimism and concerns about social justice, gun control, climate change and other issues that affect their lives.
JULY 4 PHIL LESH
After the parades, check out Phil Lesh at 2 p.m. at the Terrapin Family Band w/ Scott Law, Cris Jacobs Band, the Terrapin Beach Park in San Rafael. Babes in arms Free. For information call (415) 524-2773.
ROCKIN’ THE 4TH
This is a traditional event (since 1893) for the July 4th parade, picnic and Fireworks show. The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. with the 80’s cover band A GOGO and lunch brought to you by the Rotary Club and Galilee Harbor at noon, dancing and Egg Toss donated by Mollie Stone, then, the party moves to Gabrielson Park for the 6:300-9:30 p.m. Pride and Joy party band and finally, fireworks start at 9 p.m. off Spinnaker Point. Tables for 6 at $120/130. Help raise the $30,000 it costs to put on the fireworks show. Call (415) 289-4152 to help with the donations or visit sausalito4thofjuly.com. Map at sausalito4thofjuly.com.
Park your lawn chairs in the perfect spot early on Grant Avenue for the Novato 4th of July Parade beginning at 10 a.m. For information visit novato.org/classic.
Marin Summer Theater opens its inaugural season with an adaptation of ‘The Beaux Stratagem’ at the Emily Gates Student Center, San Marin High School, Novato on July 10-12. This non-profit theater program for student actors, dancers, musicians and technicians brings together more than 50 participants from 17 schools and universities to create and present two additional productions this summer: July 17-19 ‘Bernstein on Broadway’ July 30-August 1,2 ‘Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.’ Visit marinsummertheater.org to reserve ticket information.
Visit the Fireworks Spectacular at the Green Music Center on Sonoma State with the Transcendence Theatre Company and the Santa Rosa Symphony, Rohnert Park. For tickets call (866) 955-6040 or sonoma.edu.
Free admission to Novato Concerts on the Green from 5-7 p.m. July 7 (James Harman guitarist releasing his new album), July 21 (Sacramento Element Brass Band) Aug. 4 and 18. Check out future entertainment at Novato.org/home/components/events.
The Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, July 4 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Marinwood Community Center. For information call (415) 479-0775.
Help keep the Marin County Fair the greenest on earth by purchasing some of the plants, shrubs, trees and flower from the professional gardens and fair displays on Thursday, July 5 from 7-noon at the Fairgrounds.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
The Dept. of Health & Human Services is presenting a Community Forum on ‘Mental Health Resources and Supports for Older Adults in Marin County’ on Thursday, July 5 from 10-11 a.m. at Alma Via, 515 Northgate Drive in San Rafael. For more information contact the County of Marin, Aging and Adult Services at (415) 473-7118.
The free movies in the Old Mill Park series begins on July 6 with the Star Wars continuing saga. Bring a blanket and beach chairs at dusk for the family. For information visit enjoymillvalley.com.
Experience unparalleled, true-to-life, room-scale VR. Plus, learn the basics of 3D printing on July 7 from 10:30-12:30 p.m. at the San Rafael Library. For information call (415) 485-3321.
Always the second Sunday of the month through October, the French Style Street Market, encourages a stroll through aisles of antiques, crepes made to order and loads of vintage items at the Marin Center Parking Lot.
Continuing twice a month, the San Rafael Library features Mah Jong; all levels welcome to learn, hone your skills or help teach newcomers. Members of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association will facilitate on Sunday, July 8 and 22 through Aug. 5 and 19. For information call (415) 485-3321.
The Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show on Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. at Copperfields in San Rafael brings together local poets from all over the Bay Area to read their work aloud. For a list of participating poets visit: marinpoetrycenter.org.
Jazz is PHSH – An all star Instrumental tribute to PHISH on Thursday, July 5.
The Edge aka SF Music Club and Dan Party Reunion with Jimmy Dillon and Loris Rowan on Friday, July 6.
A celebration of Townes Van Zante of San Geronimo, The Mother Hips, Rustler and Massacre on Sunday, July 8. For information visit sweetwatermusichall.com.
7TH SONS SHOWS
Catch the 7th Sons drums and vocals at these venues on Friday/Saturday nights July 6,7 and July 13/14; Sausalito Sea Horse, Lighthouse Bar & Grill, The Club at McInnis Park and Free Crooked Goat Brewery. For information call (415) 847-2670 or email Jake@JakeBaker.com.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in conversation with Bill Petrocelli will explain how she fought her own state government to expose truth to the world about this ‘lead in the water horror’ on Tuesday, July 10 at Book Passage in Corte Madera. For information call (415) 927-0960.
San Rafael Library will be screening this F. Scott Fitzgerald favorite on Monday, July 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For information call (415) 485-3321
TRUTH AND BEAUTY
Alfred Escoffier, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of SF will share examples by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood during 1848, the year of political revolution across Europe, when seven young Englishmen formed an artistic alliance against the Victorian art world. Lecture is on Tuesday, July 10 at noon at the San Anselmo Library. For information call (415) 258-4656.
‘SERVED LIKE A GIRL’
Marin Women’s Political Action Committee is hosting a movie night, Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Community Media Ctr of Marin, 819 A Street, SR. The documentary is about a group of servicewomen who have put together a pageant to raise money for homeless women vets. RSVP to (415) 897-1224. or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRONES WORLD TOUR
Part of the Big Screen series, The Lark Theater is presenting this world renowned multi-platinum award winning band, having played 130 dates across the globe. Known for pushing boundaries, this spectacle should be on your list. Screening Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call (415) 924-5111 or visit larktheater.net.
BEATLES IN THE PARK
The musical direction is by Joe Bagale and Friends on Saturday, July 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Tickets $20/$5. For tickets visit evenbrite.com/beatles.
WILDCARE WINE EVENT
Come on out to the WildCare & Wine event on Thursday, July 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Albert Park in San Rafael. Free. Join in the conversation in the Courtyard and meet the Wild Animal Ambassadors, some of the medical team and take care of our wildlife community.
Shakespeare reigns at Dominican through July 8 with performances at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre in San Rafael. Anne Hathaway’s inner life stars Elena Wright in ‘Hamlet,’ directed by Robert Currier. ‘Pericles’ previews July 12 at 8 p.m. through August 5. Tickets $12-$38. For future performances visit marinshakespeare.org.
The latest Ross Valley Players presentation Preview Night opens July 12 through August 12 at the Barn in Ross. Written by the authors of The Dixie Swing Club, Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten. Directed by Tina Taylor. For tickets call (415) 456-9555 ext. 1.
Mystery writer Cara Black reviews her new book, ‘Murder on the Left Bank’ on Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m. at Copperfields’ Books in Novato. For information call (415) 763-3052.
MAGC GAZEBO CONCERTS
Be a part of the 2018 Thursday night Concert series (July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9) from 5-7 p.m., on the Gazebo Lawn at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross with catered food treats. Visit magc.org for event and parking or call (415) 455-5260. Consider prepay parking for the series. Cash only on site. For information visit marinartandgarden.org.
OSHER JCC EVENTS
Henry Kapone and special guest, Johnny Valentine, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and composer joins Hawaiian performer for an evening of tropical tunes. How about Hula Dancing? Enjoy the preconcert performance from Hula On. Call for tickets at (415) 44-800 or visit marinjcc.org.
ROYAL JELLY JIVE
Join this funky soul group from Petaluma, accompanied by an opening act, kid zone and dinner from the Epicurean Group on July 21 at the Osher JCC in San Rafael. For tickets call (415) 444-8000 or visit marinjcc.org.
Hamilton Amphitheater at 602 N. Hamilton Pkwy in Novato is hosting its next concert on Saturday, August 25 from 5-7 p.m. For information call (415) 899-8279 or novato.org/concerts.
Come learn about and sing works by Vivaldi for double choir. Master class for Soloists with Baroque specialist Rita Lilly. Saturday, July 14 workshop from 9:30-4:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo on Kensington. To register phone (415) 497-6634.
Marin Society of Artists presents ‘Celebrating Art’ with works by Joe Grenn at the Tiburon Town Center through August 30.
ON THE ROAD
The Reception for Meg Reilly will be held on the Second Friday, July 13 Artwalk from 5-8 p.m. at the Marin Society of Artists on San Rafael. The art exhibit will end July 28. For information visit marinsocietyofartists.org.
MUSIC IN THE PARK
Marinwood Park is the place for the Friday Music in the Park Series from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 13, August 10, ending Aug. 24. For information call (415) 479-0775.
Join a Presidio park rangers and Trust guide on this gentle 4 miles family-friendly bike ride Saturday, July 14 at 10-11:30 a.m. RSVP at parksconservancy.org.
Learn about and identify stars, constellations, planets and deep space objects on Saturday, July 14 from 8:30-10 p.m. with a Presidio park ranger. For information visit oparksconservancy.org.
Raise your glass for the 18th Annual Beer Festival and Fundraiser on Saturday, July 14 from 1-5 p.m. helping low-income women with cancer. Tickets $50 advance, $65 at Lagoon Park Island at the Marin Center. For information contact email@example.com or call (415) 461-5677.
The Bluegrass and Craft Beer Festival with Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder, The Right Hands and The Gatherers will be performing on Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. For tickets and information call (866) 955-6040.
GIVE BACK NIGHT
Iron Springs Public House, 901 4th St., San Rafael will donate 10% of their total sales to P.A.T.H. a non-profit community organization ‘Give Back Night Out’ from 4-9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16 for a light and tasty food menu and great selection of beers. For information call (415) 457-6258.
BROKEN BONE BATHTUB
Siobhan O’Loughlin brings her intimate solo theatrical event (which has been performed around the world in 5 countries and 15 cities) to San Rafael on Tuesday, July 24. After a serious bike accident a young woman asks for help and shares her story explaining themes of trauma and suffering. It has been acclaimed one of the top 10 shows of 2016. Because the production takes place in an actual home, the seating is limited and the address will be given at ticket purchase. Location in San Francisco also available. For information call (415) 370-0440 or contact Elaine Blank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical Commissioner Dick Miner’s popular ‘Stroll Through History Seminary Area’ returns on July 28 (Sept. 22) at 9 a.m. at the Montgomery Chapel (Richmond Rd and Bolinas Ave.) and Stroll Through History Downtown on August 25 and October 27 at 9 a.m. at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Free event. Space is limited. RSVP at strollsananselmo.evenbrite.com or email email@example.com.
Reserve your tickets to this MV Throckmorton Youth Performers’ 2018 MV summer show that dives into the 2002 classic musical about teenager Tracy Turnblad who rises to stardom on a 1960’s Baltimore TV show. Performances on Aug. 3-5 and 10-12.
Sign up for the 5th Annual Mill Valley Campout on July 21 which promises a fun family overnight under the stars with live entertainments, art and crafts, s’mores, relay races and more at Friends Field. Tickets $25. For information visit enjoymillvalley.com.
NOVATO HISTORY TOUR
Tours from Hamilton History Museum on July 28 and September 29. Join another docent historic Novato tour, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25. Mark your calendars and bring a hat! For reservations call (415) 897-4320 or (415) 328-8614.
FRIDAY BLUES BY THE BAY
The Sausalito Gabrielson Park concerts take place every Friday night ‘til August 24 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. with an assortment of jazz and blues. Reserved table seating or lawn seating. Call (415) 289-4152 or visit oursausalito.com. for specific performers.
ROSS FIRST FRIDAYS
Get downtown and celebrate the new businesses and happenings at this fun family event with music, nibbling, galleries and shops with kids activities and more surprises. For information contact sallynunn@Comcast.net.
FRIDAYS ON MAIN
Get the party started in downtown Tiburon from 6-9 p.m. with A Whale of Time calypso, Jonathan Poretz, hits from the Rat Pack era, The Flaming O’s and The Fundamentals, red hot rockin’ soul while you wine & dine al fresco. Mark your calendars for the last Friday of the month, ending on September 28. For information visit tiburonchamber.org.
HAMILTON HOT NIGHTS
Hamilton Amphitheater at 602 N. Hamilton Pkwy in Novato is hosting its next concert on Saturday, August 25 from 5-7 p.m. For information call (415) 899-8279 or novato.org/concerts.
Knitting needles, that is, where new knitters come to learn, experienced knitters offer help every third Saturday at 10-12 p.m. at the San Rafael Library. For information call (415) 485-3321.
On Saturdays, 10-2 p.m., Wednesdays 1-4 p.m., and Saturdays, 9-noon, groups, school students, families, seniors, educators are invited to the Marin headlands. Come grow at the Nursery. Each year, the nursery grows over 30,000 plants to restore natural habitats. The projects are always outdoors with hands-on fun. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the volunteers at these Historic Gardens at Black Point every 3rd Saturday to revegetate this garden. RSVP to (415) 561-3000.
SUNDAYS ON SHERMAN
The family fun starts July 15. Be there for games and activities on Sherman Ave & the Civic Greens in Novato from 11-3 p.m. To check out events, call (415) 899-8279 or visit novato.org/concerts.
SUNDAYS AT TOWN CENTER
Celebrate Every Sunday Summer Music Series at Town Center, Corte Madera at noon through August. For entertainment schedule visit shoptowncenter.com.
The 21st Annual Belvedere Concerts in the part series from 4-6 p.m. on Sundays through September 2 at the Belvedere Park. Next concert is July 15 with Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, 1940’s -50’s style jazz. Visit belevedereconcerts.org for August headliner.
Don’t miss a SF picnic on the grass for these SF concert venues at 19th and Sloat through August 19. For information visit sterngrove.org.
VETS DANCE FREE
Jasmine Worrell Dance started July 3, offering a 5 part month-long Beginning Swing Dance class and Veterans are free at 167 Tunstead Ave in San Anselmo. Please RSVP for the remaining 4 classes at email@example.com.
FLYNN CREEK CIRCUS
“Adrift’ an all new circus show featuring artists from Brazil, France, Las Vegas, Mendocino with aerialists, jugglers, clowns and acrobats. Performances will be held at Marinship Park at 2320 Testa St., Sausalito on Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22 (afternoon and 7 p.m. performances) Sunday, Family Day special, all kids ½ price with adult ticket purchase. Advance tickets $12/$20/$27. Door prices $15/$25/$32. VIP $50. For tickets and information visit flynncreekcircus.com.
Singers Marin summer chorus, Joyful Sound, encourages families to sing together. Rehearsals will run for 10 weeks, 7-9 p.m. summer session with nostalgic songs of hope at the Community Congregational Church at 145 Rock Hill Drive in Tiburon. For information and registration visit singersmarin.org or call (415) 383-3712.
Did you know Singers Marin tours with the youth choir at an Italian festival gathering of choirs? This year, at the annual Italian Alpine Choral Festival at the UNESCO world site, participating choirs have three to six singing opportunities throughout the festival; venues vary from churches and theaters to alpine huts and dramatic outdoor settings. It is a 5 day itinerary. For information on next year’s event visit singersmarin.com. or musicconcertinternational.com.
JAMES COMEY IN MARIN
The 2018/2019 series is on sale now. The Star Studded Speakers include: Annie Griffiths, James Comey, John Chambers, VP Joe Biden, Ken Burns, Cecile Richards, Lisa Genova and John Meacham. Subscription tickets only $330/$452/$552. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. For information visit marincenter.org or call (415) 473-6800.
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
Play extend to July 15. Have you read Woody’s smash review this week? When identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? This is the theme of ‘Straight White Men’ presented by the Marin Theatre Co. in Mill Valley to July 15. Tickets at Marintheatre.org or call the box office at (415) 388-5208.
Founded in 2014, Checkmates has moved to the Rec Center, 950 7th St in Novato and gatherings take place every Wednesday from 6:30-10 p.m. Thanks to Kevin Conklin and Greg Canfield and Dr. Melissa E. Rinck of Ignacio Rotary for the permanent chess table at the corner of Sherman and Grant in Old Town. For information contact Mr. Phillips at Novato.Checkmates@gmail.com or Mr. Major at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock out with a 10 string slide guitar group, Da Haole Boyz every Wednesday night from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Trek Winery in Novato. For information on other events visit Trekwine.com.
BON’S THIRD THURSDAY
Jumpstart the weekend with Thirsty Thursdays of Summer from 5-7 p.m. with family friendly evenings of craft beer tasting, live bluegrass at the Bon Air in Greenbrae to benefit Wildcare with music partner, Bread & Roses. The season ends on Thursday, August 16 when the movie begins at 8 p.m. For information visit bonaircenter.com.
Terrapin invites guests to celebrate Monday with a free, all-age bar show in San Rafael at 7:30 p.m. For appearing entertainment call (415) 524-2773.
The 2018 Summer Reading Program at the Larkspur Library from 10 – 5 p.m. daily is for everyone! Special events are planned and prizes to give away. Sign up for Larky’s Club, (kids through 4th grade), Middle Grade Bingo (kids entering 5th -8th grades), Summer Reading Bingo (everyone else-older teens and adults). For specifics call (415) 927-5005.
IN THE DARK
Local author/artist Cat Francisco experiments with photography, including silver gelatin, digital prints, mixed media and polaroid transfers. Her images reveal the beauty and magic of night. The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, July 26 at the Corte Madera Library. For information visit catfrancisco.com.
FARM FIELD STUDIES
AIM (Agricultural Inst. of Marin) offers a variety of educational tours at the Farmers Markets. Choose to take a tour with Mr. Green Jeans and the AIM Staff with a guided tour or self-guided tour/activity. A shout-out to teachers and parents to bring young children and adults from around the Bay Area to local farms. Contact Tyler Thayer who will discuss how to accommodate your group. Call (415) 472-6100 x 114.
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy invites members to Point Bonita, SF hikes and tours in the parks. Member opportunities are countless, whether a docent, trail crew, intern or steward participating in light house tours, astronomy nights, restoration or headlands nursery care. Check out the Golden Gate National Parks conservancy website. Join now at (415) 561-3000.
TOUR DE MALT
West Marin’s scenic coastline, valleys and open rangeland are the perfect backdrop for cyclists who love to eat local. Finish this 53-mile route with a tasty lunch, cold beer and sweet treat on Saturday, July 21 from 7-3 p.m. Limited, so register at malt.org/tourdemalt.
6 DAY LOOP
2018 Pedal for Protein fundraiser, 326 mile bike ride for the hunger will hold two separate rides: Bayside or Santa Rosa on September 16 to September 21. The riders will receive a blessing on September 15 at the First Presbyterian Church in Kentfield. For sign up contact Patty Sanders at (415) 515-6127.
You heard it here first! Elizabeth Dinsel, President of the Mill Valley Philharmonic has announced the artistic leaders and executive director, as well as the upcoming performance dates for 2018-2019. Guest conductors are Paul Phillips, Dana Sadava and Alexander Kahn with Richard Aldag, Ph.D. Executive Director. Performances are: Nov. 7, 9-10, March 13, 15-16 and May 15, 17-18. For information visit millvalleyphilhamonic.org.
Signup now with Makor Marin, a new experiential nature program for kids 7-11. A non-traditional Jewish education for your kids through earth-based Judaism. This is a project of Congregation Rodef Shalom in 16 Saturday sessions starting October through May 2019. For information register with makormarin.org/registration.
PREVENTION SIGN UP
‘A Matter of Balance’ is an award-winning, eight session fall prevention program for people aged sixty or older whose fear of falling limits their social and physical activity. The class meets Mondays, August 13 through Oct. 8 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. (not Labor Day.) Class size is limited to fifteen participants. Registration is required. To register contact Beverly Winsor at (415) 993-2557. Sponsored by Marin General Hospital and CM Library (415) 924-3515.
10K 5K on September 30. Enjoy breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay along with Long Sleeve Race T-shirt, Finisher Medal and Recovery Yoga Session. Register today at tiburonhalfmarathon.com.
VENDORS APPS NOW
Yes, it’s six months away, but Mill Valley Recreation is asking for vendors to apply for their Holliday Craft Fair vendor packet now, with an August 31, 5 p.m. deadline. The craft fair will be held at the Mill Valley Community Center on December 1 from 10-5 p.m. For your packets call (415) 388-4033 or millvalleyrecreation.org/holiday craft fair.
Hospice by the Bay is offering a free Drop-in Support Group for Bereaved Parents every first Thursday each month at 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur. No registration required. For information call (415) 526-5699.
OUT OF MARIN
If you must find your entertainment outside of Marin – we know there is a whole world out there -- here are a few things that crossed our desk you might find worthy.
TOP SHOW OF 2016
Siobhan O’Loughlin brings her intimate solo theatrical event to San Rafael on July 24 and various San Francisco locations from July 6 through July 24. Here’s the concept: after a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help and shares her story, exploring trauma, suffering and human generosity and her hard ritual of taking a bath in a private home. Patrons limited to 4-5. When ticket is purchased, home location will be revealed. For more information contact Elaine Blank at email@example.com or call (415) 370-0440.
BROADWAY UNDER STARS
These summer performances with live orchestration, music and dance performed under the stars fill the sky of the Valley of the Moon at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen on Friday-Sunday performances at 7:30 p.m. ‘Fantastical Family Night’ on July 13-14, ‘Shall We Dance’ August 3-19 ending with ‘Gala Celebration’ on September 7-9.” For tickets visit BestNightEver.org or call (877) 424-1414 ext. 1.
A must see. Be a part of the 30 varied concerts and events bringing together performers and audiences with deep passion for live music at this 31st celebration on July 7-21. Included will be salutes to Bernstein and Chopin and Irish Step Dance plus local artists. For specifics visit mendocinomusic.org.
Tickets on sale now for Sunday concerts at the Rodney Strong series beginning Sunday, July 8 with Michael McDonald, Melissa Etheridge on Sunday, July 22, The Temptations and the Four Tops, Sunday, August 26 and Boz Scaggs on Sunday, September 9. Order tickets by calling 800-514-3849 or visit rodneystrongconcertseries.com.
AGE OF ANXIETY
Entries deadline July 21 for this national juried exhibition. Juror is Chester Arnold. The exhibit run August 30-October 1 at the Art Guild of Sonoma. Applications at artsGuildofSonoma.org/age-of-anxiety.